Directions

Lake Tahoe is a beautiful destination and home base for endless activities. It's accessible to Californians by car as well as visitors from across North America by plane. We're getting married at one of our favorite ski resorts, Northstar, near the North Shore of the lake.

 
 
 
 
 

FLYING

Reno-Tahoe Airport (RNO) is a 45 minute drive from Northstar and the closest airport with commercial service. You can take a shuttle service, taxi, or Uber/Lyft (around $65). The next closest airport is Sacramento (SMF), at around 2 hrs away. San Francisco (SFO), Oakland (OAK), and San Jose (SJC) are all within a 4-hour drive.  We're ensuring that once you arrive, you won't need a car to attend all wedding events. If you'd like to explore the wider Tahoe area, we recommend renting a car.

DRIVING

From San Francisco or Sacramento, take I-80 East to Truckee. Exit onto CA 267 and head south toward Lake Tahoe. Take a right when you see signs for Northstar, and head to the Village (or wherever you're staying). Traffic to and from San Francisco can be variable, so leave yourself an extra hour or two if you’re driving during peak commute or Tahoe weekender hours.

 

Activities

The Tahoe region is full of incredible hiking, cycling, and walking trails, plus on-water activities. We encourage everyone to arrive early or stay late to enjoy the outdoor splendor. Usual summer weather in Tahoe is in the 70/80’s with sunshine and clear skies.

Restaurants

Truckee, Northstar, and the Lake Tahoe shore have many restaurants, bars, and cafes. See a list of our favorite spots listed below.

Explore the area

Stop by Donner Memorial State Park to see the Pioneer Monument, built to commemorate the 19th century emigrants who got stuck over the pass and ate each other. Truckee is mere minutes from the Nevada state line, where you can gamble in Incline Village.

“The sunrise lovely, calm, hushed. Yellow amber light touching the mountains of the western shore, tinting the purple lake yellow. … The flash and roar of the waves on the shore begins suddenly … a hundred voices stirred by the wind in the forest.”
— John Muir, sunrise journal entry while camping at Lake Tahoe, summer 1888.

Restaurants

Truckee

  • Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar - alpine-themed restaurant with Lake Tahoe memorabilia and a good happy-hour menu. A nice blend of new-American and classic American cuisine.

  • Fiftyfifty Brewing Co. Pub - 15+ beers on tap, pub food, and good outdoor seating.

  • Bar of America - convenient location in old-town Truckee across from the train station.

  • Pianeta Ristorante - another old-town Truckee favorite, open for dinner only.

  • Marg’s Taco Bistro and El Toro Bravo - two easy, casual indoor/outdoor Mexican restaurants next to each other in old-town Truckee.

  • Moody’s Bistro - great New American food in a historic hotel, plus live music.

  • Safeway (24hr), Rite Aid pharmacy, several gas stations


Northstar

  • Rubicon Pizza Co. - good pizza with lots of side salad options. Located in the core of Northstar Village across from the skating rink. Approximately 11 beers on tap.

  • Starbucks - you know the drill; this location does not offer mobile ordering, for the Starbucks pro’s out there. Across from the Northstar skating rink and open from 7am til 3pm.

  • Petra - wine bar with tapas.

  • Closest grocery, pharmacy, and gas in Truckee or Kings Beach


Lake Tahoe

Activities

Outdoors

  • Castle Peak - strenuous 3.5 mile hike to reach great views from the top of the peaks.

  • Donner Memorial State Park - picnicking, boating, fishing, hiking, and stand up paddle boards. There’s also a small museum and walking tour describing the ill-fated Donner Party.

  • Donner Pass - pretty views of Donner Lake and shorts walks through the (no longer in use) train tunnels.

  • Bike Rentals - nice paved trails that lead up to Squaw Valley / Olympic Valley or down towards Lake Tahoe.


Indoors